If your dog has not had a bowel movement in more than two days or if he/she strains, crouches or cries out when attempting to poop, then he is suffering from constipation. Telltale signs of constipation include dry, hard stools and even passing mucus when trying to defecate.
Some common causes of constipation in dogs include inadequate fiber intake, lack of exercise, blocked anal sacs, an enlarged prostate gland, obesity, side effects of medication, dehydration and orthopedic problems. Constipation can also be due to matted hair around the anus from lack of grooming, ingested items caught in the intestinal tract, tumors on the anus or within the rectum, trauma to the pelvis and certain neurologic disorders.
Use these natural home remedies to provide quick relief for constipation in your dog.
An effective home remedy is to give pumpkins for dogs with constipation. Pumpkin is high in water and fiber content and helps the dog's constipation. Pumpkins has water-soluble fibers that is easily dissolved in water and help obscure inflamed intestines. Most dogs like the taste and usually eat without any complications. You can also make homemade pumpkin puree or canned puree twice or three times a day.
A small amount of Aloe vera juice also provides comfort for dogs with constipation. This succulent plant has a beneficial effect on digestion and it is used as a natural system cleanser. This helps the simple bowel movements without causing any kind of tension. Aloe vera must always be given in the form of juice to pets.
Adding digestive enzymes and probiotics to your dog's diet in the form of yogurt is another great remedy for constipation. Yoghurt can also help indigestion. Probiotics of yogurt strengthens the growth of "good bacteria" of the gastrointestinal tract. This increases the digestive fermentation process and helps fecal matter pass through the colon easily.
Adding coconut oil to your dog 's food helps it with passing feces the following morning. These oils are considered lubricants and provide quick relief from constipation. Once a day, depending on the size of the pet, give it coconut oil.
Depending upon the size of your pet, add half to 1 tablespoon of oil to your dog’s regular food once a day. The general rule of thumb is to give 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight.
The figure is suitable not only for human beings but also for the treatment of dogs' constipation. They are rich in fiber and add potassium to the diet.
-Place dried figs in water overnight and pulverize them to a paste the next morning. Please give a small amount of this paste to your dog twice a day for a few days.
-Alternatively, you can substitute dried figs with organic fig powder.
To prevent dog constipation, proper hydration is necessary. Indeed, one of the most common reasons of constipation is that water intake is insufficient. With less water intake, the dog's feces is dry and lead to constipation. Make sure your dog always have access to fresh water. We recommend exchanging dog water once a day.
Sitting dogs tend to be more prone to constipation and other health problems than dogs exercised on a regular basis. Exercise is important to your pet. It can improve intestinal motility and eliminate waste. Exercise promotes blood circulation. For young dogs, walking twice a day for moderate 30 minutes can be considered a good exercise. If you have an old dog, please try to walk twice for fifteen minutes every day. Avoid long walks for older dogs. Make sure you spend some time playing with your dog at home as well.